The development of plans for a new University Technical College (UTC) at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, has taken a further step forward with the start of a consultation process involving parents, students, schools and colleges, employers, representative bodies and the community. The consultation will run until 28 June, 2013 inviting views on the proposal to open in September 2014, and additionally on the proposed facilities.
The UTC plans to offer 14 – 19 year olds from Greater Manchester outstanding learning opportunities to develop their skills and obtain the qualifications they need in order to be considered for job opportunities being created in the fast growing creative, media and digital industries.
The UTC will work directly with some of the most prestigious names in the digital and media industries to revolutionalise how young people develop crucial skills, qualifications and experience. Students will focus on the technical skills and technologies that support the entertainment industries and the digital communication sector, including digital workflow and data management.
In addition to GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs, students will have the opportunity to choose professional qualifications and learning pathways within the UTC’s specialist portfolio of TV & Film Production, Radio & Audio Production, Digital Art, Interactive Media and Gaming (including app development).
The UTC@MediaCityUK educational concept has been developed through a comprehensive network of sponsors and partners across education and industry. Sponsors are the University of Salford, educational charity The Aldridge Foundation, The Lowry and Salford City College. Since the initial proposal received the green light from the Department for Education (DfE) they have been working closely with the DfE and a range of partners including the Education Funding Agency, MediaCityUK, Dock 10, BBC, ITV and the Imperial War Museum North to develop detailed proposals on all aspects of the college’s curriculum, admissions and facilities.
The UTC’s website, www.utcmediacityuk.org, carries detailed information about the proposed curriculum and facilities, including its admissions policy and funding agreement. Over the consultation period, visitors can complete an online form giving their feedback. Alternatively, electronic copies of the survey can be downloaded and printed. There are also plans for public drop-in sessions and presentations of the proposals, details of which are expected to be announced shortly.
UTC Project Manager Abigail Williams said: “MediaCityUK UTC will provide outstanding opportunities for young people to develop skills in the digital and media industries. It will also allow employers to influence and shape education delivery to ensure that there is a developing talent pool in the region with the skills and aptitudes that the sector needs. We hope that as many businesses, educationalists, parents and students as possible will take the time to give us feedback on our proposals, and help shape what will be